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"My advice to young film-makers is this: don't follow trends, start them!"

~ Frank Capra


"I believe there's an inner power that makes winners or losers. And the winners are the ones who really listen to the truth of their hearts."

~ Sylvester Stalone


"The film industry is about saying 'no' to people, and inherently you cannot take 'no' for an answer."

~ James Cameron


"Well first of all it's a business and it's a tough business, and you have to have the strength to survive all the set backs all the failures that make this a mean business, that's getting meaner and meaner every year in my opinion."

~ Robert Redford


"The thing about film-making is I give it everything, that's why I work so hard. I always tell young actors to take charge. It's not that hard. Sign your own cheques, be responsible."

~ Tom Cruise


"Every kid needs a mentor. Everybody needs a mentor."

~ Donovan Baily


"...if you become a star, people are going to go to see you. If you remain an actor, they're going to go and see the story you're in."

~Morgan Freeman








ZDT's Success Stories




Hitting The Big Time!

Once he got going, Chum Stine hit the ground running - and hasn't stopped once! Chum's story is a perfect example of the power of networking.

His first project was a major motion picture — America's Sweethearts — written and produced by Billy Crystal. The film starred Julia Roberts, John Cusack, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Billy Crystal, Hank Azaria, and Christopher Walken, among others.

Stine was soon recruited by WYNN's Theater in Las Vegas, and hired as head of their Production Team. Chum designed the theater's hit stage show "La Reve."



Chum's career keeps growing, with no signs of slowing down!

As if that weren't exciting enough, he realized one of his dreams by working with a camera crew underwater in a Sci-Fi film about a mermaid, called "Ondine," written and produced by Niki Konstantino. Underwater lighting was provided by Hydroflex.


Steve Stanulis on the set of
the Manchurian Canidate

"Be willing to do your best,
and attend classes faithfully,"
Stanulis explains. "Take advantage
of even the smallest
opportunity, as you never
know what it will lead to."


From Cop to Character Actor

Graduate Steven Stanulis took advantage of his apprenticeship to facilitate a mid-life career change. Formerly a decorated NYPD officer, Savage had to find a new line of work after being injured in the line of duty.

Stanulis chose apprenticeship training to make it happen, and he's glad he did. "Anyone wanting to break into this business at any level will find this program instrumental," Steve reports.

Like everyone in the business, he started at the bottom. But he showed up on time, worked hard, did what he was asked, and just generally kept a positive attititude. Eventually it paid off — in spades.










In Steve's case

as in many, he got his break by being in the right place at the right time. And though he started in production, he ended up with acting roles. First, he scored a bit part in a soap opera, The Guiding Light. That led to parts in Rolling, The Sopranos, The Replacements, The Manchurian Candidate, and more.

Currently Steve is currently developing a new show for HBO called "Savage Men," and he still credits apprenticeship training with getting his foot in the door. "For anyone trying to break into this business, I recommend this program whole-heartedly!" he enthuses.



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